-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Dec. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with
fibromyalgia, especially men, go undiagnosed, according to a new
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes symptoms such as pain and
tenderness, fatigue, and sleep and memory problems. Many of these
symptoms can overlap or be mistaken for other conditions, the Mayo
Clinic researchers noted.
They examined data from people in Olmsted County, Minn., and
estimated that 6.4 percent of people aged 21 and older had
fibromyalgia but only 1.1 percent of them had been diagnosed with
The researchers also found that 20 times more men had
fibromyalgia symptoms than had been diagnosed, while three times
more women had fibromyalgia symptoms than had been diagnosed.
The study was published online Nov. 30 in the journal
Arthritis Care & Research.
More research is needed to determine why many people with
fibromyalgia, particularly men, go undiagnosed, said lead author
Dr. Ann Vincent, medical director of the Mayo Clinic's Fibromyalgia
and Chronic Fatigue Clinic.
"Health care providers may not think of this diagnosis when face to face with a male patient with musculoskeletal pain and fatigue," she said in a clinic news release. "These findings need to be explored further."
There is no diagnostic test to determine if a person has
fibromyalgia. Although there is no cure for the condition, there
are effective treatments. Research has shown that diagnosing people
with fibromyalgia -- which is far more common in women than in men
-- reduces health care costs because they need fewer tests and
referrals to determine the cause of their symptoms.
The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and
Skin Diseases has more about
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